New Research from Maryland

Newly published research from Maryland faculty and graduate students:

Recently published in the Journal of Intercultural Communication Research: "Understandings of Arguing in India and the United States: Argument Frames, Personalization of Conflict, Argumentativeness, and Verbal Aggressiveness, by associate professor Dale Hample and lecturer Deepa Anagondahalli

Abstract: This exploratory study analyzed the motivations and practices of argumentation in India, an increasingly important player in regional and international affairs. Indian data indicated that arguing patterns were influenced by age and gender. Younger men reported more playful arguing than women and older women reported being more stressed by arguments than men. Cross-culturally, Indians considered arguing less a part of civil discourse and reported higher feelings of being personally persecuted in arguments when compared to Americans. Also, the approach and avoidance subscales of argumentativeness, and the subscales of verbal aggressiveness were positively correlated, an atypical finding. The similarities and differences between the two countries are analyzed through a cultural lens to better understand interpersonal arguing.

Recently published in Communication Research Reports: "The Effect of Media Exposure on Perceptions of Group Entitavity: A Preliminary Investigation," co-authored by assistant professor Anita Atwell Seate and Dana Mastro,

Abstract: Group entitativity (i.e., the perception that a group is a coherent unit) has been found to play an important role in governing intergroup judgments and behaviors. Accordingly, considerable attention has been devoted to documenting both the factors that influence perceptions of entitativity and the effects of entitativity on group-based outcomes. Conspicuously absent from this research, however, is an assessment of the media's influence on these relationships. This is surprising, given the well-documented role of media exposure on an array of intergroup processes and effects. The current study tackles this issue by experimentally examining the impact of media exposure on perceptions of in-group entitativity and self-esteem among Latino news viewers. Although preliminary, the results found here suggest that media exposure can influence entitativity judgments.


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